We're a game into April already, and the Colorado Rapids started it off in the best way possible with a dominating performance over the Chicago Fire. That 2-0 win is pretty important for the team's confidence as they face three Western Conference juggernauts this month. Hell month, indeed.
April 1st vs. Chicago Fire - This one already happened, so yeah.
April 7th at Real Salt Lake - This is why that Chicago game was so important. Going into Salt Lake is never an easy task and the Rapids have frustratingly been great at choking games against their rivals away in recent years. This is a new team with a new system that has a chance to make a big statement with a result at Rio Tinto. Still, it will be a tough go of things.
April 14th at Seattle Sounders - Sounders fans are still mad about that whole Brian Mullan thing so hopefully he goes in there and scores a hat trick or something. In all seriousness, this right after Salt Lake is just cruel scheduling. If they come out of that two game stretch with two points I'll be OK with it.
April 21st vs. Los Angeles Galaxy - You might say 'Oh, they're at home!' but for some strange reason the Rapids have actually been better against LA in LA the past few years. Knowing the Galaxy, they'll probably sit David Beckham like they always do in Colorado, plus they have been seriously awful to start this season. The Rapids might actually win this one.
April 28th vs. Chivas USA - This one is probably the easiest looking game on the schedule but Salt Lake showed us in March why you can't sleep on any team, even one as bad as Chivas have looked.
This month has already given us three points out of the 15 possible. I think an optimistic but possible prediction would be 11 points, with my pessimistic side expecting 8. If they get all 15, then we might be in for a very special season indeed. The one good thing about this month is that there's no schedule congestion, so there should be no situations like last July when the games were hard and happening at a rate of two a week.